Donations

Don't Miss Out on Family Tax Credits This Year

Cleo Hamel | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Business
Cleo Hamel

It's expensive to raise a family. Canadian governments recognize this, and have historically tried to ease the expense at least a little by offering parents with dependent children tax credits and deductions that others don't get. The individual tax credits may not seem significant, but they can add up to a few more dollars in your pocket. And when you are raising kids, every little bit helps.

Jewish Communities Pay Back Their Filipino Allies After Typhoon Haiyan

Frank Dimant | Posted 02.15.2014 | Canada Impact
Frank Dimant

From afar, we witnessed the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. To date, Canada's Jewish community has commendably raised close to $200,000 for relief in the Philippines. We will never forget the role the Philippines played in helping to push for the Jewish people's salvation and in ensuring that our futures are secure thanks to the creation of the Jewish state.

Feeling Generous? An Apologia for Donor Accountability

Natasha MacDonald-Dupuis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Natasha MacDonald-Dupuis

Ultimately, Canadians really haven't been giving much thought to the importance of charity transparency. There is a commonly-held belief that all Canadian charities are poor and desperately need money. In fact, some of them are surprising wealthy.

Are Screaming Charities Deafening Donors?

Jody Steinhauer | Posted 10.16.2013 | Canada Impact
Jody Steinhauer

Is all this cause marketing too much to care about? Everywhere you turn today, there's another worthy cause trying to get your attention, time, and in all likelihood, money. As a result of the increased marketing noise, I'd argue we've become anesthetized to all the pleas.

How Much of What You Donate Actually Goes to Charity?

Phil Froats | Posted 03.31.2013 | Canada Business
Phil Froats

Charities are a big business and this business is becoming more competitive and costly each year. There are over 85,000 organizations on the Canada Revenue Agency's Charities Directorate. They employ a lot of people to chase more than $8.3 billion dollars in donations as reported by Statistics Canada. When you make a donation with your hard earned money, you want it to go to the cause. It is understood that some of the donation will be used for administrative costs and fundraising but one hopes that a large percentage will reach the people you intend to help. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.

Which Are The Most And Least Generous Provinces In Canada?

The Huffington Post Canada | Mekhala Gunaratne | Posted 12.23.2012 | Canada Impact

Tis' the season to give, right? Manitobans certainly think so, and they're putting it to practice. For the fourteenth consecutive year, Manitoba ra...

Facebook's Organ Donation Drive Success Spills Into Canada

CBC | Posted 06.25.2012 | Canada Living

Facebook's recent push to promote organ donation in the United States caused registrations to soar; a similar social media initiative could soon be la...

10 Things Every Charity Should Know

Josh Bowman | Posted 05.24.2012 | Canada
Josh Bowman

Donors want to be respected and listened to. If somebody asks to be taken off a mailing list, they get pissed (rightfully) when they get mail the next year. All you can do is apologize and do your best to fix it for the future.

Should Holiday Charity End at Home?

Michael Bociurkiw | Posted 02.19.2012 | Canada
Michael Bociurkiw

While I support charity starting at home, for those who can afford it, my suggestion this holiday season is to split donations into two: one for your favourite local charity or food bank and another for NGOs or UN agencies addressing humanitarian disasters overseas.

More Canadians Are Giving To Charity, Report Finds

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.04.2012 | Canada Living

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The Problem With Benefit Art Auctions

Rachel Anne Farquharson | Posted 11.29.2011 | Canada
Rachel Anne Farquharson

While helping to organize yet another fundraising auction, I noticed that a few of the artists I approached felt unable to donate work, either because it didn't make sense for them financially at the time or because they had recently given work to one of the other (older) auctions taking place in Toronto.

Leadership Election Rules in Desperate Need of Reform

Duff Conacher | Posted 11.14.2011 | Canada
Duff Conacher

Ideally, given that two federal parties currently do not have leaders, all parties should work together and pass a bill that democratizes party leadership and nomination races and uphold the democratic principles of one person, one vote, and of honesty, openness, ethics and fair and accurate representation.

Sid Helps The Kids At Nova Scotia Hospital

The Canadian Press | Posted 09.06.2011 | Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- HALIFAX - A donation from Sidney Crosby has helped Nova Scotia's largest children's hospital expand and renovate a lounge used b...